Usually, these mines are in remote areas that face some of the harshest conditions Australia has to offer – with regions such as the Pilbara in Western Australia recording temperatures of up to 45°c in the summer.
To complicate matters further, dust and debris can cause havoc to sensors, and could interrupt the collection of data for Industry 4.0 systems.
This problem is what German equipment manufacturer indurad set out to solve. Fabian Riedel, VP of Sales and Projects at indurad, says the company was challenged with creating a system that was proven to work in the rough conditions of the mining industry.
What the company created is the iBelt system, a volume flow measurement sensor that can be used for almost any kind of bulk materials conveying system.
iBelt measures belt load, speed and misalignment with high accuracy in real time with radar technology. The system can be installed over the conveyor belt, where it can determine the 2D load profile measurement. This can be automatically combines with a measured or fixed conveyor belt speed value to determine the load volume.
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Dust, vibration and the harsh Australian sun can reduce the reliability of sensor readings, which is why indurad has designed a solution specifically for the mining industry.
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